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Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Omni
Since releasing their exceptional sophomore album Multi-task via Chicago's Trouble In Mind Records, post-punk outfit OMNI just can't slow down. With ex-Hello Ocho guitarist Chris Yonker serving as live drummer, singer and bass player Philip Frobos and guitarist Frankie Broyles have taken their wiry conglomerationmore...

Since releasing their exceptional sophomore album Multi-task via Chicago's Trouble In Mind Records, post-punk outfit OMNI just can't slow down. With ex-Hello Ocho guitarist Chris Yonker serving as live drummer, singer and bass player Philip Frobos and guitarist Frankie Broyles have taken their wiry conglomeration of intricate riffs and angular grooves across the pond more than a few times for what?s shaped up to be a busy and successful year. The group waves its hometown banner further - geographically and aesthetically - than anyone else in the local rock scene. The new avenues on display with recent singles Sunset Preacher and Delicacy, are filled with promise for a deeper dive into the group's intrepid ways.

(Photo Courtesy of Omni's Facebook)

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Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Hunter Flanagan

Best overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
6lack
6LACK, the artist born Ricardo Valdez Valentine, took the city by storm in 2017. The sounds of his thick-as-molasses debut album, Free 6lack (Love Renaissance/Interscope), are more R&B than hip-hop, but when Valdez raps, his lyrics and delivery are on point in songs such as "Rules," "PRBLMS" andmore...
6LACK, the artist born Ricardo Valdez Valentine, took the city by storm in 2017. The sounds of his thick-as-molasses debut album, Free 6lack (Love Renaissance/Interscope), are more R&B than hip-hop, but when Valdez raps, his lyrics and delivery are on point in songs such as "Rules," "PRBLMS" and "Alone / EA6." 6lack's slow lyrical glide through dense, atmospheric production courtesy of Singawd, FWDSLXSH and Nova paint a chilly, nocturnal landscape that crept up on the city and the rest of the country, earning platinum sales for "PRBLMS." To celebrate his victory Valdez chopped off his dreads, which sent the public into a bit of a tizzy. It wasn't enough to hinder his phoenix-like ascent, though. 6lack's allure, presence and gravitas transcend simple vanity. Free 6lack is the spearhead of an artistic renaissance for Atlanta in the post-trap era, leading a return to mellow melodies and unconditionally excellence in the name of Southern aesthetics. www.free6lack.com. less...

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Deaux

www.moredopemusic.com/deaux

photo by: Lindsey Max

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Yacht Rock Revue

Best overall musical act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Future

Best local act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Blood on the Harp

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Leah Culver
soundcloud.com/leahculvermusic

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Heroes x Villains
soundcloud.com/heroesxvillains

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Wheeler Boys

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tom P

Best local overall act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but also because Washed Out is at the vanguard of a new musical age. Greene's dreamy, disengaged music nods to our age of ephemera while subtly reproving it, an ever-shiftingmore...

We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but also because Washed Out is at the vanguard of a new musical age. Greene's dreamy, disengaged music nods to our age of ephemera while subtly reproving it, an ever-shifting island in a miasmic sea of sensation. As for staying power, Greene's newly minted record deal with industry stronghold Sub Pop only affirms what those who have witnessed Washed Out's recent shows already know: This bedroom-pop blog darling has become quite the electro-fied entertainer. myspace.com/thebabeinthewoods.


Listen: Washed Out "Eyes Be Closed"

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Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Zac Brown Band

Best Local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Zoroaster

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Yacht Rock

yachtrock.com


Runner-up: Constellations


www.theconstellationsmusic.com

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Black Lips

www.black-lips.com


Runner-up
Nerd Parade
www.nerdparade.net

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Gentleman Jesse
Since GENTLEMAN JESSE dropped his debut 7-inch, “I Don’t Wanna Know,” back in ’06, Atlanta’s consummate power-pop innovator has exerted a sweeping influence over the collective consciousness of the city's native rock scenes. The emphasis he places on the artmore...
Since GENTLEMAN JESSE dropped his debut 7-inch, “I Don’t Wanna Know,” back in ’06, Atlanta’s consummate power-pop innovator has exerted a sweeping influence over the collective consciousness of the city's native rock scenes. The emphasis he places on the art of songwriting, and the quick, concise pop inflections he’s mastered rise above the common vernacular of garage slop and punk-rock jitters. While the rest of the city's other bands have watched and followed, he continues to reach for a higher plane of musicianship. Whether performing as the right-hand man in the new Paul Collins Beat, or wielding a bass guitar in the Carbonas, a local music renaissance has fallen upon Atlanta, and much of it is at the hands of Gentleman Jesse Smith. www.myspace.com/gentlemanjesse. less...

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Selmanaires

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Black Lips

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Deerhunter
It’s no surprise that 2007 is the year DEERHUNTER blew up. After all the attention the group received from sharing stages with the Liars, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Smashing Pumpkins over the last two years, it was inevitable. Deerhunter is a sneering local art-rock band with more talent, ambitionmore...

It’s no surprise that 2007 is the year DEERHUNTER blew up. After all the attention the group received from sharing stages with the Liars, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Smashing Pumpkins over the last two years, it was inevitable. Deerhunter is a sneering local art-rock band with more talent, ambition and adventurous ideas than the Perimeter could contain. Where there was once erratic experimentation, primordial noise and lo-fi pop sensibilities, there is now order in the group’s songs — albeit the avant-garde variety, swimming in overdriven tones and distortion. And as the harbinger of cool culture, PitchforkMedia.com, trips over its own tongue to report Deerhunter’s every move, the rest of the country and beyond has learned what we already know: This music is world-class.


www.myspace.com/deerhunter

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Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Dear Enemy

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Zac Brown Band

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
T.I.
T.I. calls himself “king of the South” with some justification. Much like Jay-Z, he takes commercial rap to its zenith. On each of four albums, the native Atlantan assembles glittery, infectious beats as a canvas for smooth and effortless flows, resulting in inescapably accessible hits.more...

T.I. calls himself “king of the South” with some justification. Much like Jay-Z, he takes commercial rap to its zenith. On each of four albums, the native Atlantan assembles glittery, infectious beats as a canvas for smooth and effortless flows, resulting in inescapably accessible hits. After its spring release, his latest album, King, dominated Atlanta’s urban radio and nightclubs by drawing together a cavalcade of sharply defined bangers like “What You Know” and “Why You Wanna.”
www.trapmuzik.com.

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Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Echo Valve

Best Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Blame Game
Any given performance from BLAME GAME offers a glimpse of a group driving toward complex, tonal perfection. Along with bassist Chris Ware, guitarists/vocalists George Asimakos and Andrew Wiggins construct a grid of gigantic arches that are pounded into place by drummer Alex Lambert’s swaggermore...

Any given performance from BLAME GAME offers a glimpse of a group driving toward complex, tonal perfection. Along with bassist Chris Ware, guitarists/vocalists George Asimakos and Andrew Wiggins construct a grid of gigantic arches that are pounded into place by drummer Alex Lambert’s swagger from rapid-fire precision to loose improvisation. On stage, Lambert and Ware are stationed front and center while the rest of the group follows their extravagant hybrid of jazz and hardcore. Stage presence, wardrobe and personality are secondary to the shimmering and ever-thickening sounds of a group that relies on the chemistry of intellect.
www.sunrevolver.org/blamegame/.

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